Family Connection’s Mentoring Program was established in order to help children become successful adults. A mentor is simply a volunteer who can be a supportive friend with a listening ear. They may spend 30 minutes to an hour each week reading, playing games, or simply talking with children. Children who have mentors have been found to be less likely to use drugs and alcohol. They also have better attendance, often improve their grades, and have more self-confidence. This program brings together students in our schools with community members.
We continually work to recruit new mentors to the program. In a typical school year, the Mentor Program will serve approximately 45-50 students, with many more referrals who are placed on a waiting list. Children might be referred to the program for such reasons as a death in the family, a divorce in the family, poor attendance, or maybe they are shy and withdrawn. Once a student has been matched with a mentor, we try to keep that same pair together year after year. Mentoring is one way of helping children develop assets for life.
Please take a moment to view our mentoring photos.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please download and print our Mentor Application. All mentors must submit to fingerprinting and a background check.